The State of the Rockies Project is in its fourteenth year, and seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West. All State of the Rockies events are free and open to the public, who are encouraged to join the ongoing discussion of the issues that affect our beautiful yet fragile region.
Our Natural Economy: Capitalizing on Colorado's Unique Place in the Rockies
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017 at 7:00 p.m, Celeste Theatre in the Cornerstone Arts Center at Colorado College
This event is sponsored by the El Pomar Foundation’s Pikes Peak Heritage Series and the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project.
Ray Rasker, Executive Director at Headwaters Economics
To learn more about this event, please visit our Speaker Series page.
Spring 2017 Plains to Peak Bulletin
The most recent edition of the Plains to Peak Bulletin covers one Student Fellow's investigation into salmon recovery under the Endangered Species Act and another Fellow's analyses of dam construction and removal across the West. The bulletin also features an aerial photo-essay of the National Park Service's Centennial Year and a reflection from a Rockies Project alumna on the newly designated Bears Ears National Monument.
The 2017 Conservation in the West Poll
Seventh annual survey of voters in seven Western states
For the seventh year in a row, the State of the Rockies Project, in conjunction with Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies and Dave Metz, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, has conducted and released the Conservation in the West Poll.
The survey, conducted in seven western states, explores bi-partisan opinions in each state and for the Rocky Mountain West concerning conservation, environment, energy, the role of government, trade-offs with economies, and citizen priorities.
Please visit our Conservation in the West Poll website for information regarding the 2017 survey results.
The 2016-17 State of the Rockies Project:
Inclusive River Governance for a Changing West
A Comparative Study of the Colorado and Columbia River Systems
For the upcoming 2016-17 Rockies Project cycle we will be expanding our traditional geographic focus beyond the Intermountain West to the Columbia River Basin and the Northwest U.S. Additionally, we will be returning our gaze to the Southwest and the Colorado River--familiar territory for the State of the Rockies Project. Recognizing the important role water plays in both of these regions, we plan to address the governance of two of the West's great rivers. We will begin this new investigative focus during the summer of 2016 and continue with activities on the Colorado College campus throughout the next academic year.
We have released sections of our 2015-2016 State of the Rockies Report over the course of April and May to highlight the impressive work of each of our student State of the Rockies Fellows. From the ethics of agricultural water use to the cultural value of water in the Southwest, the sections of the 2016 State of the Rockies Report focus on different "Scales of Western Water."